Surname: Woodruff

Ancestors of Horace Alden Keith of Brockton, MA

Horace Alden Keith, founder of the Brockton Webbing Company, one of the successful and thriving industries of Brockton, and one of that city’s enterprising and progressive business men, is a descendant on both his paternal and maternal sides of historic old New England ancestry. Mr. Keith was born in West Bridgewater May 25, 1862, eldest son of the late Henry Snell and Thalia (Alden) Keith. The ancestral line of the branch of the Keith family in this country to which Horace Alden Keith belongs, and which follows, is given in chronological order from the first American ancestor. Rev. James Keith, born in 1644, was educated in Aberdeen, Scotland (as tradition says at the expense of a maiden aunt), where he was graduated likely from Marischal College, his name appearing on the roll of 1657, said college having been founded by George, the fifth Earl of Keith Marischal, in 1593. At the age of eighteen years he emigrated to this country, arriving at Boston in 1662. He was introduced to the church at Bridgewater by Dr. Increase Mather, and became settled as the minister of the Bridgewater Church Feb. 18, 1664. Rev. James Keith passed away in West Bridgewater July 23, 1719, aged seventy-six years, having labored in the ministry of the town for fifty-six years.

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Establishment of Fort Smith in 1817

The white population in Arkansas in 1817 had increased to several thousand, whose protection, as well as that of the Cherokee people living in that territory, from the continued hostilities of the Osage, required the establishment of a military post at the western border dividing the white settlements from the Osage. From Saint Louis came further news of threatened hostilities by the Osage near Clermont’s Town, and a report 1Niles Register, (Baltimore) vol. xiii, 176. that Major William Bradford with a detachment of United States riflemen, and accompanied by Major Long, topographical engineer, had left that city for the...

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1860 Census West of Arkansas – Creek Nation

Free Inhabitants in “The Creek Nation” in the County “West of the” State of “Akansas” enumerated on the “16th” day of “August” 1860. While the census lists “free inhabitants” it is obvious that the list contains names of Native Americans, both of the Creek and Seminole tribes, and probably others. The “free inhabitants” is likely indicative that the family had given up their rights as Indians in treaties previous to 1860, drifted away from the tribe, or were never fully integrated. The black (B) and mulatto (M) status may indicate only the fact of the color of their skin, or whether one had a white ancestors, they may still be Native American.

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1899 Directory for Middleboro and Lakeville Massachusetts

Resident and business directory of Middleboro’ and Lakeville, Massachusetts, for 1899. Containing a complete resident, street and business directory, town officers, schools, societies, churches, post offices, notable events in American history, etc. Compiled and published by A. E. Foss & Co., Needham, Massachusetts. The following is an example of what you will find within the images of the directory: Sheedy John, laborer, bds. J. G. Norris’, 35 West Sheehan John B., grocery and variety store, 38 West, h. do. Sheehan Lizzie O., bds. T. B. Sheehan’s, 16 East Main Sheehan Lucy G. B., bds. T. B. Sheehan’s, 16 East...

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Biographical Sketch of General Lewis S. Partridge

General Lewis S. Partridge, son of Abel and Alpa (Lewis) Partridge, was born in Norwich, Vt., in 1818, a year prolific in the birth of sons in town. In early life he served in clerkships in mercantile business in Norwich, and in Hanover and Claremont, New Hampshire. He became a cadet at Norwich University in 1833, remaining there until 1836. Later on he entered into mercantile business on his own account in his native town. He was at one time proprietor of the “Union Hotel,” at Norwich. From early life Mr. Partridge took an active part in politics and...

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Genealogy of Matthew Woodruff of Farmington Connecticut

NOTE-Regarding Woodruff’s of Wooley, England. Regarding the genealogy of the Woodruff Family, published in Volume III of the Colonial Families of the United States, will say that the circumstances surrounding the record of Matthew Woodruff in said book are as follows: Sometime in 1910 a party called on me stating that his name was Norris Woodruff. that he was from England and naturally well acquainted with the Woodruff Families there, that he was a descendant of the Woodruffs of Wooley, England, and for a consideration would give out details that would establish a direct connection between the Woodruffs of England and the Woodruffs of the United States. Naturally I was interested and agreed to pay his price for said information, which was as follows: The Genealogy of Woodruffs of Wooley, England. Coming down to the time of Sir David Woodruff of Poyle, Min married in 1611 Lettice Duncombe. Issue: Matthew, born 1612 and died 1682 Thomas David George Robert Nicholas Six daughters He claimed he had investigated and found that Matthew Woodruff, the emigrant, was born in London in 1612, that he came from England with his wife, Hannah, and settled in Hartford, Conn., and died in Farmington, Conn., in 1682. I advised him to take up the matter with Mr. George N. Mackenzie who was to publish Volume III of the Colonial Families of the United States. Later...

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Biography of Joab Woodruff

Joab Woodruff was born in Johnson county, Indiana, near Nineveh, October 25, 1825. His parents Joab and Sophia Woodruff lived upon a farm, and there the subject of our sketch grew to manhood, giving most of his time and attention to work upon the farm, and having little opportunity to enjoy the advantages of education, receiving only three months schooling, during the winters, from the time he was of school age until he was sixteen years old. The school houses were of the most primitive pattern of the old log variety, sad the three months sessions during the winters were not calculated to instruct the youth of the day in anything but the simplest branches. Having reached the age of eighteen our subject started out for himself, doing farm work during the season and working at wagon-making and carpentering the balance of the year. November 29, 1846, Mr. Woodruff was joined in marriage to Miss Paulina, daughter of John and Ann Fisher, who lived near Middletown, Shelby county, Indiana. He and his young wife began life together by settling upon a farm given him by his father, near the old homestead, and there they lived happily for ten years. In 1856 they left their Hoosier home and removed to Missouri and settled in Gallatin, where they resided but one year, and then moved to their present home just outside...

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Biographical Sketch of Charles Woodruff

Charles Woodruff, of Buckingham Co., Va., married a Miss Gatewood, and their son, Wyatt P., married Mary Talphro, and settled in St. Louis Co.; Mo., in 1825. In 1827 they removed to St. Charles County, and from there to Montgomery County in 1832. They had John, Charles E., Robert H., Francis S., and David B. all of whom live in Montgomery...

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Abstracts of Wills on File in the City of New York Surrogate’s Office 1660-1680

Abstracts of wills on file in the surrogate’s office city of New York 1660-1680. From May 1787 to the present, county surrogate’s courts have recorded probates. However, the court of probates and court of chancery handled estates of deceased persons who died in one county but who owned property in another. An 1823 law mandated that all probates come under the jurisdiction of the county surrogate’s courts. Each surrogate’s court has a comprehensive index to all probate records, including the unrecorded probate packets. Interestingly enough, there are wills existing and on record at the Surrogate’s Office in New York City for the time-span of 1660-1680. Genealogical extracts of these wills have been provided below.

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Descendants of Matthew Woodruff

MATTHEW WOODRUFF (1) and wife Hannah, came from Hartford to Farmington in 1640-1. He was one of the eighteen proprietors of the Town of Farmington in 1672, having been admitted as a freeman in 1637, (History of Southington, Conn.. Page CCIVII.) He died at very old age in 1652. He was a man of considerable wealth for those days. He joined the church March 1st, 1672. His will probated Dec. 13th, 1682. mentions his wife, Hannah, who was admitted to the church in Farmington, April 2, 1634, also his will mentions three sons and a daughter named Hannah. wife of Richard Seymour, 2nd, but the Probate Court supplies name of another daughter Elizabeth, wife of John Broughton of Northampton, Mass. Matthew and Hannah Woodruff had children as follows: John, b. 1643; d. 1692. Matthew, b. 1646; d. Nov. 1691 at Farmington, Conn.: m. Man, C _y Plumb at Milford, Conn., June 16, 1668. He married 2nd wife, Sarah North in 1686; she was b. Dec. 23, 1653; d. 1692. She was the daughter of John and Mary (Bird) North. Matthew lived in Milford, Conn., until death of his first wife, then returned to Farmington, Conn. He was a freeman 1671. Adm. of his estate granted Dec. 3, 1691. (See, Hartford Court Probate Records.) Hannah, b. 1648; m. Richard Seymour. Elizabeth, b. 1651; m. in 1678 John Broughton of Northampton....

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Will of John Woodruff, – 1670

JOHN WOODRUFF, Southampton, L. I. Leaves to his eldest son, John Woodruff, of Elizabethtown, New Jersey, “a half Crown Piece, in full of all portions and patrimony to be expected of me.” To daughter Anne Woolley, £20. To daughter Elizabeth Dayton, £20. Leaves rest of estate to wife Ann and youngest son John Woodruff,and makes them executors. Dated May 4, 1670. Witnesses, Christopher Foster, John Laughton. Know all men by this, that the above written will ~s of my own handwriting, and I saw ye said John Woodruff sett to his marke, and take off ye seale or stamp from ye wax. As witness my hand. John Laughton. Proved at Court of Sessions at Southold, July 1, 1670. Inventory made May 24, 1670, amounts to £122 7s. 8d. “One half of ye Land and Housing and accommodations is already clearly by deed of Gift disposed to his son John, the other half we apprize at £55. John Howell, Henry Pierson, Edward Howell, John Jennings. [NOTE— John Woodruff married Anne, daughter of John Gosmer, one of the original “Undertakers” of Southampton. He adopted his oldest grandson John Woodrwff, and went to New Jersey about 1660. John Woodruff Sr., also named his youngest son John. He remained in Southampton. His homestead was purchased in 1726 by Francis Pelletrean, and was standing till recent years. It was the last house on Long...

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Biography of Joseph C. Woodruff

Among the prominent business men of Drurnmondville none stands higher than Joseph Clement Woodruff, an old citizen who has grown up with the town, and by doing a legitimate trade has won the confidence of the people. He belongs to one of the families that settled at an early day in the Niagara district, and was born at St. Davids, near Queenston, December 9, 1808. His father, Richard Woodruff, from New England, and at one time a member of the Upper Canada Parliament, was one of the first merchants at St. Davids, where he married Ann Clement, and had eight children, six sons and two daughters, our subject being the first born. The five brothers all became farmers. Ann Clement was a native of the Niagara District, and a daughter of Joseph Clement, a pioneer in this part of the Province. Joseph received a Common School education; early became a clerk in his father’s store; served a long apprenticeship at the mercantile business; and when twenty-five years of age, moved from St. Davids to Drummondville; became a partner of William Lowell in a general store, and since 1833 has been in trade here, being the oldest merchant in the village, since Mr. Lowell retired from business. Mr. Woodruff was living here at the time of the rebellion, but was exempt from duty on account of partial deafness, He has...

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Biographical Sketch of Louis Woodruff

Louis Woodruff, a native of Westfield, N. J., married Damaris N. Winans, of Elizabeth, N. J., who bore him six children, three of whom are living. His son John W. married Susan A., daughter of Luke and Abbie (Dawes) Tucker, of Elizabeth N. J. Two of his three children, James D., a resident of Minneapolis, Minn., and Frederick S., of Boston, Mass., are now living. John W. Woodruff resides upon a farm on road...

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Biography of Rev. A. E. Woodruff

Was born in Morris County, New Jersey, May 14, 1822. His father was born in New Jersey, and his mother in Massachusetts; she died in the year 1827, and his father died in 1845. Young Woodruff was brought up on a farm and educated at the district schools. At the age of nineteen years he learned the trade of a carpenter, and, after working in his native place two years, he went to Franklin County, Ohio, where he remained about seventeen years, then removed to Marion County, Indiana, and lived seven years, and in 1868 came to Missouri and located in Daviess County. He was married, May 29, 1845, to Miss Esther Albrey, of Franklin County, Ohio, born November 18, 1821. By this marriage five children were born:: Amanda, wife of R. Valandingham; Hermann T.; Lucy Bell, wife of L.. C. Grantham; Alice J., wife of Absalom Frazier; and Anna Maria, who died at the age of eleven years. Mrs. Woodruff died July 8, 1878. She had been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for forty years and a lady highly respected. She was of the noted family of Albreys, prominent lawyers in Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Woodruff was united in marriage, on April 14th, 1880, to Mrs. Mary L. Stearns, widow of William Stearns. She was a native of Virginia, and her maiden name was Mary L. Lloyd....

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Biographical Sketch of Albert W. Woodruff

Woodruff, Albert W.; automobile business; born, Boston, Mass., April 2, 1882; son of Frederick and Fannie Sturtevant Woodruff; educated, Brookline High School, Stones (private school), Boston; married, Cleveland, May 20, 1907, Ellen M. Andrews; issue, one child, not living; has been with following concerns in order mentioned: Cleveland Plain Dealer, Western Reserve Motor Car Co., The F. B. Stearns Co., Southern Motor Works, Nashville, Tenn., as gen. mgr.; F. B. Stearns Co., The Peerless Motor Car Co., Lozier Motor Car Co., Detroit; The Lozier Sales Co., city, as gen. mgr.; member Cleveland Athletic and Automobile...

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